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Opinion: What is Justice?

I will start out by saying that I absolutely love every aspect of what I do for a living. My daily life pretty much consists of peeking into the realities of different areas in the world, understanding those realities, and documenting them. It is the ultimate set up for a mind like mine, which constantly thrives on knowing more. However, the more I know, the more I realize that I know nothing.

When I hear the word “justice” I think of someone getting something that they deserve. The Merriam-Webster definition of justice says “the administration of law; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity”. Now, when I look at the horrifying realities in certain areas of the world, I wonder exactly how this justice is possible, and what it means. There are citizens of a country rioting in the streets, getting killed, to overthrow their government. There’s a community that will not stop until they’re heard, prosecuting their own police force for the rape of an innocent college student. These are average people, families, students, workers, sacrificing their lives for a nearly unattainable goal. Is that justice? Is there any version of justice in a situation like that?

I think everyone has a different idea of what justice means, because it’s something that can be applied so personally. In America, the people’s justice consists of transparency with the government, relatively low taxation, protection, freedom, opportunities, and rights based on the Constitution. In Egypt, the people’s justice currently means almost certain death, war, bloodshed, and total devastation. We know that justice is attainable here in America, as long as we, the people, keep our Democracy protected by making the right decisions in our elections, but can the word justice ever be applied to Egypt, Syria, or Afghanistan? Can it be applied in Africa or India? The world is moving, ever-changing, and I hope that one day people in these countries can get a glimpse of what it’s like to reach their goal. In the meantime, I am forever thankful to be a citizen of The United States, and will keep doing everything in my power to protect my justice and that of my people.

What does justice mean to you? What do you think real justice is for the people around the world who seem to be treading never ending water?